The University of San Francisco: Online Education

Veteran Affairs

Educational Benefits for our Veterans

The University of San Francisco is fully dedicated to making education more accessible for our nation's veterans and their dependents. We are proud to announce our participation in a program that provides tuition and fee benefits to qualified veterans who are accepted and enrolled at the University. The Registrar's Office acts as a liaison between the University, its students, and all the agencies involved with VA benefits. The University certifies enrollment for students in a degree-seeking program. The College Tuition Fee Waiver program is not applicable to the University.

To determine eligibility for benefits, the VA requires that you complete the form: VA22-1990. Students can also apply online on the VA website at www.gibill.va.gov. You must be accepted, matriculated, and enrolled for classes before the University can certify your enrollment to the VA Processing Center.

After you have completed and submitted the form online, the Department of Veteran Affairs will send you a Certificate of Eligibility for Educational Benefits. Upon receipt of this notice, please send the copy of the VA application and the Certificate of Eligibility to the Registrar's Office.

During the period of time that the VA is evaluating your application (4-6 weeks), the Registrar's Office will verify your enrollment and submit the necessary enrollment certification provided that you have already registered for your courses.

Maintaining VA Status at USF

Once you start receiving benefits, you must maintain satisfactory attendance and progress. If you do not meet the standards set by the school, the certifying official will notify the VA. The VA in return will stop your benefits.

Anytime you change your unit load, whether it is an increase or decrease in status, it is your responsibility to let one of USF's certifying VA officials know. Failure to do so will result in overpayment or underpayment for your benefits. If you promplty notify the school and the VA of these changes, you can prevent or reduce overpayments.

All students receiving either the Montgomery GI Bill Active Duty or Selected Reserve must now verify their enrollments monthly to receive payments. This verification can be done either by using the Web Automated Verification of Enrollment (www.gibill.va.gov) or by using an automated telephone system at 1-877-823-2378.

Distance Learning Students

Distance learning consists of interaction between the student and the instructor (who is physically separated from the student) through the use of communications technology instead of regularly scheduled, conventional classroom or laboratory sessions. Communications technology includes mail, telephone, audio or videoconferencing, computer technology (on-line internet courses or email), or other electronic means such as one-way and two-way transmissions through open broadcast, closed circuit, cable, microwave, broadband lines, fiber optics, satellite, or wireless communications devices.

Any courses that consist of some interaction using communications technology and some weeks of standard class sessions, but that do not meet the requirements to be classified as in-residence training, are considered distance learning.

Effective October 1, 2011: Those enrolled solely in distance or online training will be entitled to 1/2 the national average BAH rate of $1,347.00 monthly (or $673.50 monthly).

Required Documents

The following paperwork must be submitted to the Office of the Registrar in order to begin the certification process:

Copy of VONAPP (Veteran Online Application)
Certificate of Eligibility
DD-214 (Discharge paperwork if applicable)

Veteran Contacts

Angela Yi
Assistant Registrar
415-422-2789
veterans@usfca.edu

Carmen Hermoso
Enrollment Verifications Coordinator
415-422-6716
veterans@usfca.edu